Lifeline Ballarat, part of Uniting Vic.Tas, is presenting a series of two-day Domestic and Family Violence training workshops for frontline workers across the Ballarat region.
Domestic and Family Violence Response Training (DV-Alert) is designed to build the capacity and skills of frontline workers in responding to family violence when it is not a core function of their primary role.
To be eligible for the free two-day workshops, participants must work or volunteer in health, allied health, community, higher education or childcare or in a frontline capacity supporting the general community.
At the workshops, participants will learn to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence, respond with appropriate care, and refer people to support services.
Family violence is the single largest contributor to homelessness for women in Australia and the leading contributor to preventable illness, disability and death for women aged 15 to 44.
Lifeline Ballarat community training co-ordinator Belinda Collihole said the training would provide frontline workers with the tools they need to deal with family violence.
“Family violence doesn’t discriminate and because it most often happens behind closed doors, it’s largely hidden and often until it’s too late,” Ms Collihole said.
“It might be happening to a work colleague, a friend or your next door neighbour – it can and does happen to anyone and that’s why we all need to know the signs.
“Often victims of family violence don’t want to speak up or seek help because they’re scared or embarrassed. This training is about equipping people who work closely with the community every day with the skills they need to be able to identify and respond.”
The workshops will be held on April 28 and 29, May 5 and 6 and June 1 and 2, with workshops for frontline workers supporting multicultural communities on May 25 and 26, and frontline workers supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on June 8 and 9.